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Post Pregnancy Workout

Let me tell you what I’m up to now that I am no longer toting a gigantic belly around and do not rock the same night owl habits I had pre-baby. The short version: I’m all about quick and efficient these days!

Before our move and my pregnancy, I use to go to the gym at 9 or 10 o’clock at night and run 3-5 miles on the treadmill. I’d maybe throw in a couple of strength training moves if I was feeling up to it. I got a list of sets from when I did a modified version of Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer when I was getting ready for the wedding. It was nice because the gym was only 2 miles away from our condo and closed at 11p. My sleep wasn’t interrupted from the late night sweat session and actually helped me sleep better.

I cancelled my gym membership when we moved because the closet location was 10 miles away and totally out of the way. When we moved, it made me commute hella long and I was already pregnant, so there was no motivation to work out after 9p.

So that leads us to my present day routine: I try to hold myself accountable every other day. I try to go for a run in the morning, in between baby’s morning feeding at 5a and when Ale leaves for work at 8a. Lucky for me, we have some great running paths right outside our door:

trail running

I’m currently tackling 2 miles each time which takes me about 25min to complete. And if I’m feeling quite energized and ambitious (and still have time before the baby wakes) I squeeze in a 15min total body Tone It Up strength training video. Those girls are no joke. You are left feeling like jello (in the best way possible) after each session.

If I can’t get in my ideal workout (run+strength), I make it a point to complete at least 1 10min popsugarfitness video during naptime. You wouldn’t think a 10min video would do anything but you’d be wrong, so wrong! It hurts so good!

And as far as my running and love of races, I’m currently planning to do 3 more races before the end of the year. I’m thinking 1 5k in September and December and possibly a 10k in November. The way I see it, signing up for these races is like paying a monthly gym membership as well as a great motivator to lace up my sneakers and get out the door!

Come back later this week when I recap my latest 5k. Spoiler alert: I loved it!

Now I hear a baby stir, g2g!

Post-pregnancy Running

So I’ve been at this game of getting fit after baby for about 5 weeks now. I got my a-okay from the doctor around mid June and I literally hit the ground running two days after my appointment for my first run sans belly. Oh man did my feet ache! I thought I was going to have to buy new sneakers which sucked because my current ones weren’t that old. Turns out my body was still not caught up to the fact I was no longer carrying around 30lbs. Apparently our feet change during pregnancy to accommodate the extra weight so they strike the floor at different pressure points.. At the end of my pregnancy and after I got home from the hospital, my feet turned out a lot and I walked on the outer edges of my feet. The more you know 😛

On my first run, I clocked in an average of 13 minute miles (that’s a combination of running and walking which I still do). While it’s about 2.5minutes slower than my usual pace, I was elated! It felt amazing to get back out there! Sure my feet hurt and my body felt lumpy and bumpy in my pre-preggo workout gear, but it was worth it! I had such a strong runner’s high that I signed up for a 5k that night with a race date only a month away!

From Howard County Striders

I signed up for my local edition of the Women’s Distance Festival 5k. Apparently there are a few versions of the race around the state. The 5k is women only and my good pal Lucy will be tackling it with me. The race encourages mother-daughter sign up and I am not going to lie, I would be so tickled pink if my little miss decided to join me one day 🙂

While I am thirteen pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (down 17 from my final pregnancy weight), I have seen some results from my return to the pavement. Just the other day, I tried on my usual summer shorts and I can now pull them on and button them! That’s not to say I’m ready to be seen in them yet but it’s a victory nonetheless. I had to buy a couple of workout shorts and non-workout shorts to get me through the summer. Shopping for your shape clearly does not end at delivery. Lesson learned! Luckily my usual workout gear is more forgiving than my regular summer wear and I can now fit into those. But hopefully with my current workout routine which I’ll discuss in another post, I may fit into my favorite chino shorts before the summer is through! Summer doesn’t end till Labor Day, right?